Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us!
I came up with this week’s challenge:
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Tell us your favorite Valentine story.
I happen to love finding the origins of things. The truth of how this holiday started is still a mystery and there are many versions, all of which are plausible. But this is my favorite…
According to one legend, Valentine (to be sainted later) was himself imprisoned. The reasons for his confinement range from refusing to convert to paganism to attempting to help others escape to marrying couples (it was said that men serving in the army could not marry because it would provide a distraction). The story goes Valentine fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailer’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Some say he healed her, but no one seems to know from what. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”.
The stories about St. Valentine all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. During the middle ages, he was one of the most popular saints and the day, February 14th, was chosen as it was widely believed to be the beginning of birds’ mating season- a perfect day to choose for romance.
Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is my favorite because it’s all about love. All kinds of love. It’s a day to encourage us to express an emotion we sometimes forget and that caring for each other, being kind to each other, and loving should be everything.
So to you all, I wish you love, because it is the one thing that nourishes and sustains us and makes us better human beings.
Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Die and read about her favorite…